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Empowerment Series: Understanding Generalist Practice 8th Edition

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, Grafton H. Hull

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  • Previous Editions 2015
  • 704 Pages
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Overview

Organized around the coherent and cohesive Generalist Intervention Model, this guide to generalist social work practice incorporates the knowledge, skills, and professional values needed to work with individuals and families, as well as the foundation to work with groups, communities, and organizations. Updated with new material on empathy, interdisciplinary collaboration, working with LGBTQ clients and adults with disabilities, and other topics, the book focuses on micro levels of social work practice while also discussing the interrelationship among the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE, 8th Edition, clearly identifies content related to the latest Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) with icons throughout the text. Learning objectives, correlated to chapter headings and summaries, guide students' reading and reinforce their understanding.

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served on the Editorial Board of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals including the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Kirst-Ashman has been a member on the Board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has received both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her B.S.W. and M.S.S.W. degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies.

Grafton H. Hull, University of Utah

Grafton H. Hull, Jr. (BS, MSW, PhD) has taught at Fort Knox Community College, Morningside College, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Missouri State University, Indiana University Northwest, and, most recently, the University of Utah. He has been a faculty member, department chair, program director, director of a school of social work, and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Accreditation. Among other professional activities, he has served on the CSWE Board of Directors, Commission on Accreditation, Nominations Committee, and as a President of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). Dr. Hull has been a consultant to over 50 social work programs in the U.S. and Canada and a member of the editorial board or consulting editor for several journals. He is the co-author of seven texts and numerous articles in social work journals. Hull's honors include the Mary Shields McPhee Memorial Award for Faculty Excellence in Research (Utah), Significant Lifetime Achievement Award (BPD), Social Work Educator of the Year (Wisconsin CSWE), and President's Medal of Honor (BPD). His biography is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD.
  • Important topics that receive increased emphasis or additional discussion include interdisciplinary collaboration, writing skills for electronic communications, and the role of empathy in case management.
  • Additional information on assessment includes a rating scale that assesses strengths for adolescents.
  • The eighth edition pays greater attention to the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence, and includes additional information on LGBTQ clients and on working with adults with disabilities.
  • MindTap ®, an online learning experience built on the book's content, is available with this text. MindTap guides you through your course by combining readings, multimedia, applied activities, and quizzes into a learning path. Each chapter utilizes realistic videos to illustrate skills and concepts in action, followed by questions that give you practice evaluating and thinking critically about what you viewed.
  • Although much of the book relates to micro-level skills and practice that form the basis for working with groups, organizations, and communities (e.g., relationship-building, interviewing, and problem-solving), the authors also emphasize how micro, mezzo, and macro skills can be interlinked -- a key idea in most courses.
  • The Generalist Intervention Model provides a rational and coherent step-by-step approach for implementing planned change. As a unifying framework, the model helps students make sense of the breadth and depth of the social work profession.
  • "Highlights" throughout every chapter summarize practical information related to the chapter content, or present mini-cases and examples illustrating a topic under discussion. For instance, "Highlights" in Chapter 7 cover physical indicators of physical abuse, major concepts in crisis intervention, helping people cope with grief and loss, managed care and its effect on practice, and other topics. "Highlights" in Chapter 9 include case examples illustrating conflict between verbal and nonverbal communication, life within a blended family, and communication problems within a marriage.
  • Ethics coverage is incorporated throughout the book. Chapter 11, "Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas," exposes students to many of the common ethical challenges that professional social workers may encounter throughout their careers.
  • Compelling, reality-based examples illustrate how skills can be applied in real social work settings. Critical thinking is discussed and stressed throughout the book with thought-provoking questions about generalist practice and vital social work issues.
1. Introducing Generalist Practice: The Generalist Intervention Model.
2. Practice Skills for Working with Individuals.
3. Practice Skills for Working with Groups.
4. Skills for Working with Organizations and Communities.
5. Engagement and Assessment in Generalist Practice.
6. Planning in Generalist Practice.
7. Examples of Implementation in Generalist Practice.
8. Evaluation, Termination, and Follow-Up in Generalist Practice.
9. Understanding Families: Family Assessment.
10. Working with Families.
11. Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas.
12. Culturally Competent Social Work Practice.
13. Gender-Sensitive Social Work Practice.
14. Advocacy.
15. Brokering and Case Management.
16. Recording in Generalist Social Work Practice.
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"Very good text book on generalist practice, that covers a lot of ground. Although it cannot fully discuss everything in detail, it opens up a conversation and opportunity for the professor to fill in some of those details via additional readings. It contains good and useful highlights and tables that add to the book's content, and the critical thinking questions/points and chapter summaries, too, are very useful/helpful."

"Excellent description of generalist practice. Very helpful examples of practice scenarios. I tell my students that this book is my partner in teaching this course. Between our class lectures, this book, and our small group discussions, the students should be able to walk out of the class at the end of the semester with a strong knowledge of ethical and competent generalist practice."

"Thorough, well-researched, and a great basic text on generalist skills. Great for beginning students. The text is clearly written by experienced professionals and has great supplemental materials."

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